Oct 17, 2017

SGR IP Attorneys Participate in Charity Golf Tournament

CIP CUP Golf Tournament benefitting Georgia PATENTS

On October 17, 2017, SGR Intellectual Property (IP) attorneys Greg Kirsch, Stephanie Scruggs, Matt Warenzak and Courtney Thornton played in the CIP CUP charity golf tournament at St. Ives Country Club, in Johns Creek, Georgia.  SGR was a co-sponsor of this event, which raised money for the Georgia PATENTS program, and the Georgia State University (GSU) Foundation. Georgia PATENTS is a program operated by the Georgia Lawyers for the Arts, with funding and assistance from the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).  It provides pro bono legal assistance in preparing and filing patent applications to under-served solo inventors, non-profits and… Read more


Oct 4, 2017

OSHA’s Enforcement of the Respirable Crystalline Silica in Construction Standard: What to Expect

OSHA's Silica Exposure Standard

On September 23, 2017, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (“OSHA”) began enforcement of the new respirable crystalline silica in construction standard, codified at 29 CFR § 1926.1153. This standard establishes a new 8-hour time-weighted average Permissible Exposure Limit (“PEL”) of 50 μg/m3, an action level of 25 μg/m3, and a “host of ancillary requirements.” In a recent letter of interpretation, Thomas Galassi, Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary to OSHA Regional Administrators, announced that for the first thirty (30) days of enforcement, “OSHA will carefully evaluate good faith efforts taken by employers in their attempts to meet the new construction silica standard.”… Read more


Aug 8, 2017

OSHRC Vacates OSHA Traffic Injury Citations Against JH Traffic Control

Think Safety First

Did you know that an employer must inform the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (“OSHA”) within 24 hours after certain types of work-related injuries to an employee? In a recent ruling, Sec’y of Labor v. JH Traffic Control Co., LLC, an administrative law judge of the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission (“OSHRC”) upheld a $2,000 penalty against an employer for failing to notify OSHA of an accident involving one of its employees. On the evening of September 22, 2015, an employee of Boise, Idaho-based JH Traffic Control Co., LLC was seriously injured and hospitalized after being struck by… Read more